Jack O' The Clock

Jack O' The Clock

Jack O' The Clock

Acoustic, Experimental, Progressive
From: Oakland, CA, United States

Band Members

  • Damon Waitkus - voice, guitar, hammer dulcimer, banjo, flute, piano, production
  • Emily Packard - 5-string and baritone violins, psaltery, banjo, melodica, bells, wine glasses
  • Jason Hoopes - bass, voice
  • Kate McLoughlin - bassoon, voice, flute, recorder, trombone, percussion
  • Jordan Glenn - drums, accordion, bells

About Band

Jack O'The Clock brings a quietly giddy sort of energy to the possibilities that spring up where American folk songwriting meets experimental music. The group's sound, a jangly mix of concert-hall agility, acoustic rock drive, and junk shop scouring, is characterized by innovative arrangements for combinations of instruments you are not likely to have heard elsewhere made possible by the vastly varied musical experience and multi-instrumentalism of its five members, who have played everything from new music to art metal to fingerstyle folk to free improvisation, sometimes in the same concert. Jack O' The Clock's recordings go beyond the group's live sound to incorporate bits of on-location percussion, found sounds, clandestinely recorded monologues, citynoise, and all manner of insects and birds, as well as a number of guest musicians and singers. Still, this is a band entranced by and dedicated to songs, which it crafts with resolute attention to voice, melody, and storytelling. You cannot be in a hurry if you want to digest this music: each song demands a certain amount of time and attention to burn its specific place and mood into your mind, though it is not particularly unsmiling or difficult music. These songs are embodiments of the small, magisterial, inane, inspired, and pedestrian voices of everyday people and staticky news reports filtered through a string of sleepless nights. Your weird neighbors and relatives squawking back at you at 5AM.

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Website: jackotheclock.com
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